A charity supporting local people
with circulatory and immune system disorders has received a welcome helping hand
- from Norwich and Peterborough Building Society.
Helen Bobrowicz, Receptionist at
N & P's Head Office at Lynch Wood, Peterborough belongs to the Raynaud's and
Scleroderma Association, a charity that provides support and guidance to
sufferers with these conditions. The Association produces a newsletter every
quarter and when they appealed for donations to keep the newsletter running,
Helen asked her bosses at N&P for help.
Raynaud's disease is a
circulatory condition that usually affects the hands and feet. Attacks are
normally prompted by exposure to the cold and cause these body parts to turn
white, then blue or purple and eventually bright red. There is often a feeling
of numbness or burning in the toes and fingers. Scleroderma is a disease of the
immune system and causes swelling of connective tissue in the hands or feet,
making skin tight and shiny.
Both conditions can have serious
consequences. Scleroderma can also affect internal organs, causing them to be
scarred, and the loss of blood flow caused by Raynaud's disease can lead to
gangrene and, in extreme cases, to amputation.
Helen said: "As a sufferer
of Raynaud's disease myself, I know how important the newsletter is. It provides
advice and information and also makes sufferers realise that they are not alone.
We are all very grateful to N&P for their donation and hope to see the
newsletter running for years to come!"
For more information on Raynaud's
disease or Scleroderma, please contact Anne Maudsley at the Raynaud's and
Scleroderma Association on 01270 872776.